A man with long running alcohol, drug and health problems was found dead outside his Spalding home by a neighbour.
Kevin Lewis (48), of Landsdowne Court, Roman Bank, was last seen alive by his partner, Angela Markham, at about 3am on October 6, when she helped him to the toilet.
In a statement read out at an inquest, Ms Markham said Mr Lewis – known as “Lewi” – told her he was going to the shop, but she replied they would all be shut at that time.
She didn’t hear him leave their home, but was woken around 10am the same morning by a neighbour, John Foran, who found his body outside the back of the flats.
The inquest heard Mr Lewis had been in failing health for some time, losing a substantial amount of weight, drinking heavily and taking methadone on prescription as a result of his heroin addiction.
South Lincolnshire deputy coroner Siobhan Kelly recorded a verdict of accidental death after a pathologist found he died of bronchopneumonia, aggravated by his use of methadone and alcohol, and the condition hepatitis C, which affects the liver.
In her statement, Ms Markham described Mr Lewis as an alcoholic and said: “He would rather drink than eat.”
Rebecca Wood, a specialist substance misuse practitioner with Addaction, said he had been seeing the agency since 2006.
Initially his treatment was for heroin addiction, for which he was prescribed methadone, but alcohol was a major problem.
Mrs Woods said she had been seeing Mr Lewis since 2011.
She said he was drinking up to 20 cans of strong lager a day – about 90 units of alcohol while NHS guidelines said people should drink no more than three or four units a day.
Six months before he died, Mr Lewis became very ill.
Mrs Woods said: “He lost a substantial amount of weight. He just looked more like a skeleton to be honest, I don’t know how else to describe it.”